|Original watercolor painting by Loretta West - "Dad's Garden"|
A gardening friend once remarked that Spokane, Washington where I live has a most beautiful and long spring. Having lived here for a while now, I'm inclined to agree. Sometimes it is maddening when you are planning on planting and it gets cold and a little snowy. But then other times you are made buoyant by a sudden warm spell like we are having today. This seesaw in the weather can continue right to Father's Day.
My Dad was an avid gardener, and I think of him especially when I am gardening...feeling closer to him in the garden than anywhere else. He had great gardening habits, and one of them was to leave a garden fork stuck in the garden. The idea is that if you leave the fork out in a spot where you pass frequently, you can just quickly fork out the annoying weeds and crab grass (my nemesis) without having to get a tool and come back and make a big production out of the task.
So I recently bought an extra fork just for this purpose to stick in the front garden where the grass doth grow annoyingly so. I thought, well as it is, this fork looks pretty darned plain, especially for the front yard.
So of course I jazzed it up a bit with my trusty oil based sharpies!
Voila, working Garden Art!!
No garden implement will ever be safe again!!
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